Moving Toward Change

by Debra Mae White on February 16, 2017


“All of life is a constant turning in on itself in the very process of birthing more of itself into being.” – Geralyn Gendreau 

A great spiritual teacher once told me, life yearns for itself, all movement is toward wholeness.

To bring about change beyond change, big evolutionary change, requires a dismantling of the old paradigm. Our task is to discern what will not serve us going forward; to walk away from what won’t work anymore. In the process, we become divided between who we once were and who we will become. The division that we live cradles the opportunity to shift, transform and become the next best version of ourselves.

Many years ago, I practiced the martial art of Aikido. In Aikido, you never resist your opponent, you strive to redirect his energy. As you unite with his force while it is moving, using your intent, higher vision and devotion, the flow of energy shifts. In choosing not to counter opposition with obstruction or aggression, alchemy occurs.

When we are called to action, can we join forces with what is moving forward, rise and contribute to the change being birthed?  Can we use what we see before us to open our hearts with compassion? If the process of life changing doesn’t look like we expect, can we stop trying to make sense of what can never make sense and move on toward wholeness?

A segment that I saw featuring the renowned spiritual teacher, Michael Beckwith stayed with me for months after the show aired. In his profound wisdom, the reverend reminds us that a solution does not lie in focusing on the problem at hand. Instead, he tells us to walk toward the possibility, to enter the potential and he calls upon prayer as the tool to help get us there.

For now, the dual world we must bear reminds me of the Hindu Goddess, Kali who is both the destroyer and the creator of life. There can be violence in the task of transformation, sometimes even the divine is ruthless.

What are you moving toward? 

Savor the moment…

Debra Mae


Knowing Where We Belong

by Debra Mae White on October 22, 2016


“Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place” – Casting Crowns

“Take a moment. In this moment, you have no responsibilities, you answer to no-one other than yourself. For this moment, go to the place where time disappears. Let go of whatever you are holding heavy on your heart. We don’t need a lot of anything, just a soft, full breath will bring the blessing. In this moment, all is well.”

And so our journey began in Sedona by hearing these timeless words from our Yoga instructor, Mally at Awakenings Yoga. Dennis and I shared much rich conversation during this trip on the topic of making Sedona our home for the next chapter of life. Like many souls of our generation, we are coming to the crossroads of creating a future that will be dramatically different from the past.

It takes courage to keep asking ourselves the big questions. What can we afford? Who do we want to be with? Where and how do we want to spend the rest of our lives? And then there’s the really big questions… What are we willing to let go of? What do we truly want to embrace? How can we serve?

After all the years of going to Sedona, the essence of that sacred place has become enmeshed in my being. Dennis and I never leave there as the same people who arrived. With each visit, we are poised for the next version of healing. Sedona burns away the shields that cover up our psyches and like snakes in the grass, we shed yet another skin. The pattern is one of purging, releasing, returning to the void to be re-created. Only then do we crawl out of the darkness and re-emerge.

I am reminded of a mystical dream where I rose from the ground, emerged as an embryo moist with the mud of my earth mother. What I find is that when I am in Sedona, what is worthy of being born is being fed. Yet when I ask to be shown the path that lies ahead, the woman within knows the only way to truly embody what I seek is to give myself over to the unfolding of what will come.

How do you know where you belong?

Savor the moment…

Debra Mae


The Soul Directed Life

September 8, 2016

Beloved Blog Followers, It is my joy to share with you the extraordinary opportunity I received to speak about my book “Permission to Rest” in an interview on Unity radio last week. My writing mentor, Janet Conner is the weekly host of “The Soul Directed Life” and brings spiritual writers from all over the globe […]

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When the Beach Beckons Destiny

August 26, 2016

“Who is not afraid of pure space – that breathtaking space of an open door? But despite fear, one goes through to the room beyond.” – Anne Morrow Lindberg, Gift from the Sea  Walking by the water has always been cathartic for me.  The beach is the place I have come for decades to mull […]

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Crossing the Desert in the Soul

August 11, 2016

“Whenever new life grows and emerges, darkness is crucial to the process.  Whether it’s the caterpillar or the chrysalis, the seed in the ground, the child in the womb, or the True Self in the soul, there’s always a time of waiting in the dark.” –  Sue Monk Kidd Ever since we returned from our […]

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Lingering on the Bridge Between Worlds

May 25, 2016

“We bring our humanity into that space of strangeness where darkness sometimes gives us the power to see.” – Sarah York, Pilgrim Heart  Wandering between the worlds has become a past time for my husband Dennis and me. We go deep inside the well of spiritual nourishment with our meditation time, studying the wisdom of […]

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Sweet Serendipities

May 5, 2016

“You have more abilities than you know.  Discover your full palette.  Take a break and beckon a breakthrough.” – Tama Kieves, Inspired & Unstoppable Last night I amazed myself by stirring up some homemade candy bark with flower essences.  This was my first foray into concocting candy and a creative endeavor way beyond my comfort […]

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Foretelling a Reality Shift

April 15, 2016

“Faith is our small but necessary offering to any new change or encounter” – Richard Rohr, The Naked Now The past and the future slip across the screen of our inner eye and we glimpse the comings and goings of who we once were and who we may someday be. While we brave each day […]

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Noticing and Nourishing the Inner You

April 7, 2016

“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” – Henry David Thoreau A favorite fantasy of mine during times of duress was to escape in my mind to a life of obscurity. Whenever my plate got too full with commitments that overwhelmed my capabilities, a part of me would make […]

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When We Are Called Within

March 27, 2016

“There are so few sanctuaries in the day or in the week that most women can enter alone and set our souls down into the deep” – Kathleen Hirsch When I was a child and Easter approached, my mother would make us sit still and contemplate what Jesus did for us on the cross. In […]

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